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First Estimate Of Lifetime Risk For Developing Coronary Heart Disease

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January 12, 1999
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National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
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The lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been estimated for the first time by researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study. The risk is high: one out of every two men and one out of every three women aged 40 and under will develop CHD.

The lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been estimated for the first time by researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study. The risk is high: one out of every two men and one out of every three women aged 40 and under will develop CHD. At age 70, the risk is still high: one out of every three men and one out of every four women will develop CHD in their remaining years of life. The paper is published in the January 9 issue of the journal Lancet. "This study shows why it is so important for adults of all ages to take steps to prevent heart disease," says Claude Lenfant, M.D., NHLBI Director. "Even young adults should know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, eat in a heart-healthy way, be physically active and watch their weight to reduce their lifetime risk of the disease."


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